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The Things They Cannot Say

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The Things They Cannot Say

Stories Soldiers Won't Tell You about What They've Seen, Done or Failed to Do in War

By Kevin Sites

Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061990526, 336pp.

Publication Date: January 29, 2013


What is it like to kill? What is it like to be under fire? How do you know what's right? What can you never forget?

In The Things They Cannot Say, award-winning journalist and author Kevin Sites asks these difficult questions of eleven soldiers and marines, who--by sharing the truth about their wars--display a rare courage that transcends battlefield heroics.

For each of these men, many of whom Sites first met while in Afghanistan and Iraq, the truth means something different. One struggles to recover from a head injury he believes has stolen his ability to love; another attempts to make amends for the killing of an innocent man; yet another finds respect for the enemy fighter who tried to kill him. Sites also shares the unsettling narrative of his own failures during war--including his complicity in a murder--and the redemptive powers of storytelling that saved him from a self-destructive downward spiral.

Praise For The Things They Cannot Say

“Riveting and emotionally raw...These gripping stories...are evidence of a profound desire to heal.”
-Publishers Weekly

“In sensitive, honest prose, the author emphasizes that this is a book about hope. An important book for warriors and the communities that send them to war.”
-Kirkus Reviews